Former All Black Andy Haden told the Crusaders’ coach Scott “Razor” Robertson that his dying wish was for the Blues to beat the Crusaders at Eden Park in just under a fortnight.
The two teams have been the form franchises in Super Rugby Aotearoa and are heading for a showdown on August 16.
Scott Robertson was at Haden’s funeral today and visited him in hospital in the days before he died.
Former All Black and Auckland coach John Hart told mourners at a service at Eden Park today that Haden says his dying wish was for the Blues to win.
“Razor smiled and said ‘Andy that sounds like match fixing’ to me, to which Andy smiled back and said ‘I’m prepared to take the heat on that don’t you worry’.”
It was perhaps fitting that Haden was thinking of the Blues and Crusaders in his final days. It was revealed at the funeral that his fondest memory in his long career was the 1985 Ranfurly Shield win over Canterbury, dubbed the Match of the Century.
Hart said Haden told him a few weeks before he died that the 1985 challenge had a special place for him.
Haden lifted the Shield after a pulsating match in which Auckland led 24-0 at halftime then held on to win 28-23.